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Mickey Finn's Brewery

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Mickey Finn's BreweryMickey Finn's Brewery
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64 Beers
265 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

345 N Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois, 60048
United States
phone: (847) 362-6688

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by botham:
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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Mickey Finn's in Libertyville is a decent stop for beer, though the beers are nothing to make a special trip for. There are some great aspects to the place, like three nitro-taps and two cask ales, as well as a good variety when it comes to atmosphere: outdoor beer garden, dining room seating, and bar area, all separated from one another.

atmosphere is typical of many brewpubs, with dark wood throughout and well restored tin ceilings that has been painted brown. the stained glasswork behind the bar gave the bar area some character, which was hindered a bit by the flat screens placed among the old woodwork.

quality and service were good. friendly service and clean conditions; no complaints here. the overall establishment had good lighting, and the outdor beer garden looked quite inviting.

selection was decent. standard for an above-average brewpub. there were seven taps available, all pretty standard styles. this BA had the Oatmeal Stout (which was really an Irish Dry Stout), and an APA, both on nitro-tap. both were good, but nothing special.

food was available, but not tried. some buffalo wings on the other end of the bar smelled excellent though..

overall, this is a solid stop in the Northern burbs, but nothing to make a special trip for unless there is a special release or event going on. the Firkin is a real interesting beer bar, only a block away, which could serve as a back up plan.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bfrank8
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ktarns
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 1eyed_jack
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of AuntBea
4.56/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

New location is very nice but, really loud when there is a big crowd. Quieter for lunch. Good selection of beers. Menu is pretty much the same as it was in the old location.

Photo of OKFine
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Beerguy1977
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of saemick
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of TheRealPour
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Good beer, very good food, good atmosphere, nice outside patio.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MilkaStout
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Beric
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Your standard normal brewpub, but with tons of distracting large-screen TVs spread throughout the entire restaurant. I would prefer that the TVs stay limited to the bar area, but that's just not how they do things. New location is open and airy, but rather loud.

Quality: Good brews and great food. Mickey Finn's brews are nothing that will blow you away and demand worship, but are a great addition to the northern IL microbrew scene. Solid offerings that are tasty, but nothing that will blow you away.

Selection: Always have a handful of home-made microbrews on tap, along with two or three guest taps. Styles vary between the safe (wheat ales and amber ales) to the adventurous (smoked porters).

Food: Average pub food choices. Excellent hamburgers.

Value: Good pricing for both beer and food. Great atmosphere and always busy. They know what they're doing here, but it's a shame they chose not to get in on the craft beer scene (in terms of bottling/canning or offering true growlers) while they had the chance. Mickey Finn's has been a staple in northern IL for years yet it seems they are behind the eight ball in the craft brew scene.

Photo of MikeThumel
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BigBadBaptist88
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JVB
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kjc51478
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Mickey Finn’s is a pretty standard brew pub restaurant in downtown Libertyville. The atmosphere is nice except on weekends when it can get pretty loud. Food and beer can be hit or miss. I"ve had some good beers and some not-so-good beers here. Food selection can also be an adventure - but the burgers here are usually a safe bet. In an area that doesn’t boast many brew pub options, this is certainly worth a visit. But, it in no way can stack up to the kind of pubs you’d find in Chicago proper.

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I went here while getting my car serviced in Libertyville after having a pint at the Firkin.

It is a two part place, a bar/pub area, and a restaurant. I sat at the bar. It has a loud sports bar feel with tons of basketball on the tv.

I tried a sample of 7 beers, with one of them being the nitro version o the other. The beers ran the gamut of horrible (847 Suburban Wheat) to pretty good (Czech Pils).

The food I got was the sausage plate and it was pretty good and hearty.

The bartender was nice.

Overall it is a nice little brewpub not too far from home.

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Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.